Donnie Wahlberg

2010 CBS Summer Press Tour Party - Arrivals

Wahlberg in 2010, photo by Prphotos

Birth Name: Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Jr.

Place of Birth: Dorchester, Massachusetts, U.S.

Date of Birth: August 17, 1969

*59.375% Irish
*25% Swedish
*6.25% English
*6.25% French-Canadian
*3.125% Scottish

Donnie Wahlberg is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, record producer, and film producer. His roles include the films Ransom, The Sixth Sense, Dreamcatcher, Saw II, Dead Silence, Righteous Kill, and Zookeeper, and television’s Band of Brothers, Boomtown, and Blue Bloods. He is a member of boy band New Kids on the Block, along with Jonathan Knight, Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, and Danny Wood.

Donnie is the son of Alma Elaine (Donnelly), a bank clerk and nurse’s aide, and Donald Edward Wahlberg, who fought in the Korean War. His father was of half Swedish and half Irish ancestry. His mother was of 11/16ths Irish, one eighth French-Canadian, one eighth English, and 1/16th Scottish, descent. One of Donnie’s first ancestors in America was William Hathorne, who emigrated from Berkshire, England, to Salem, Massachusetts.

One of his siblings is actor Mark Wahlberg. Donnie is married to actress, model, and television personality Jenny McCarthy. He has two children with his former wife Kimberly Fey. Among his nephews are actors Jeff Wahlberg and Oscar Wahlberg.

Donnie’s paternal grandfather was Axel Simon Wahlberg (the son of Axel Gustave/Gustaf Wahlberg and Ida Albertina Nordstrom/Peterson). Donnie’s grandfather Axel was born in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, to Swedish parents. Donnie’s great-grandfather Axel was born in St. Mary’s Parish, Ystad, the son of Jonas Wahlberg/Wallberg and Kristina/Christina Hellena/Helena/Helen Noblinsdotter/Nobbelins/Nöbbelin. Ida was the daughter of Peter Carsen Nordstrom/Peterson and Christine/Christina/Majstina.

Donnie’s paternal grandmother was Mary Madeline Bradley (the daughter of Dennis J. Bradley and Sarah A. Doherty). Mary was born in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. Dennis was born in Boston, the son of John Bradley and Bridget Reddin/Redding, who were Irish immigrants. Sarah was an Irish emigrant, born in Donegal, the daughter of Henry Doherty/O’Doherty and Bridget Grant/Granny.

Donnie’s maternal grandfather was Arthur Ambrose Donnelly (the son of Walter John Donnelly and Sarah Agnes Duffy). Arthur was born in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, to parents who were born in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, and who both had Irish ancestry. Walter was the son of Patrick Donnelly, who was born in Ireland, and of Margaret Campbell. Sarah was the daughter of John Duffy and Sarah McNeil, whose own father was Scottish, born on the Isle of Tyree, Argyll, Scotland.

Donnie’s maternal grandmother was Leone Floyd Brisbois (the daughter of Edward Brisbois and Ellen Floyd “Nellie” McKittrick). Leone was born in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts. Edward was born in Winchester, Ontario, Canada, the son of Ludger “Roger” Brisbois/Brisebois, who was French-Canadian, with roots in St-Jérôme, Québec, and of Jane Delameter, who was of Irish descent. Ellen was born in Wilmington, Middlesex, Massachusetts, the daughter of George W. McKittrick, who was of Irish descent, and of Alma Elizabeth Taylor, who was of Colonial American, English, ancestry.

Donnie’s matrilineal line can be traced to Anna/Ann Hathorne, who was born, c. 1643, in Salem, Massachusetts.

Sources: Genealogies of Donnie Wahlberg –

Discussion of the ancestry of Donnie’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Jane Delameter –


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